The Norfolk Museums Development Foundation (NMDF) is an independent charity that was established in May 2014 to support Norfolk Museums Service and its partner organisations to secure funding for activities delivered by all ten NMS museums.

The Foundation is registered as a company limited by guarantee number 9027498 and is registered with the Charity Commission under charity number 1158727.

The Board of Trustees support museum staff to fundraise for the Service against an annual fundraising strategy that is agreed with the Norfolk Joint Museums Committee. The Foundation carries out its objectives by raising funds from grant giving bodies, individual donors, and corporate sponsors to support a wide variety of museum activities including exhibitions and displays, capital improvements, conservation, learning and outreach.  By supporting activities like these the NMDF supports the Museum Service to achieve the key goals set out in its strategic plan.

The current Board of Directors/Trustees are:

Donna Chessum

Donna has more than thirty years experience working in various fields of communications including public relations, brand management, sponsorship, advertising and corporate responsibility.  She has worked in publishing, financial services and latterly as a director of award-winning PR agency, Tribe, where her clients included Camelot, Greene King, the East of England Development Agency, Norfolk County Council and May Gurney.  She served on the East of England Heritage Lottery Committee for six years, making decisions on grant awards for hundreds of heritage projects across the region. She has a first class History degree from the University of East Anglia. Her love of history and heritage was fired at an early age by visits to Norwich Castle and she is delighted to now be playing her part in igniting interest and curiosity among others as a trustee of the Norfolk Museums Development Foundation Trust.


Brian Horner

Brian has recently retired after 10 years as the Chief Executive of Voluntary Norfolk. The organisation supports volunteers and voluntary organisations, providing advice and training across the county and working in partnership with third sector organisations.

Brian is the Company Secretary of the Norfolk Museums Development Foundation and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.



Mark Jeffries

Mark has spent his career with Mills & Reeve, a law firm with around 900 staff and offices in Norwich, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London and Manchester.  He was national managing partner between 2001 and 2007 and national senior partner and chairman of the Mills & Reeve board between 2007 and 2015.  His is now a consultant with the firm, a role he combines with various non-executive roles including as deputy chairman of NW Brown Group Ltd, a director of R G Carter Holdings Limited and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  He is also the business member of the Regional School Commissioner’s Board for the East of England and North East London.

Previous external roles have been as a director of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, elected member of the Eastern Regional Council of the CBI, trustee of the Norfolk Education, Industry and Commerce Group and governor of Town Close School.


Mark Kiddle-Morris

Mark is a County Councillor and has represented the Necton and Launditch division in Mid Norfolk since 2009.  He currently serves on the Communities Committee as Vice Chairman and is a member of the Business and Property Committee, the Norfolk Museum Joint Committee and is Chairman of the Standards Committee.  Mark had a career in the Royal Air Force and retired from the Ministry of Defence.




David Missen

David is a chartered accountant and recently retired as a partner at Larking Gowen where he specialised in agriculture and rural issues. David joined Larking Gowen in 1983 and was made partner in 1991. He is a founder member and past chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Farming and Rural Business.

David recently took early retirement to run his own commercial farming operation on 40 acres of land around his home in Foulsham, Norfolk but will continue as a technical advisor for Larking Gowen and act as a board member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ farming and rural business group.


Mark Pendlington

Mark has been Chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership since 2014.  He is also Group Director of Anglian Water. Mark’s priorities at Anglian Water include managing the role and profile of the business in the important debates around sustainability, regional growth and climate change. He was previously a board member at BAA Stansted. Until 2004, Mark was Chief Executive of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), a national organisation dedicated to the economic and social wellbeing of the rural economy. This included projects on social inclusion, better access to broadband, business diversification and economic regeneration. His career experience also includes senior appointments in the environment, transport and energy sectors, and a 12-year professional political career.

Sarah Steed

Sarah is Business Director of Norwich University of the Arts, and oversees NUA’s commercial collaborations and employability services. Her role is primarily concerned with the generation of non-core revenue for the university, but also with enabling the creative businesses emerging from NUA to establish themselves effectively on the national and international stage. Sarah’s career has been centred on Marketing and Innovation in international businesses based in Norfolk. NUA is a strategic partner to Norfolk Museum Service with common and complementary aims and purpose. Sarah’s role on the board is to facilitate and strengthen this relationship, whilst lending her commercial skills to the development of revenue streams for the service.


Tim Sweeting

Tim is passionate about equalising opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. He has spent sixteen years developing and delivering programmes around the country that help young people overcome crisis and enable them to reach their full potential. As Chief Executive of YMCA Norfolk for the last six years, Tim has led the creation of new opportunities for secure housing and positive activities in a time of diminishing resources and increasing need. Tim is a trustee of NMDF because he is committed to widening access to the learning and inspiration that comes from cultural activities for all Norfolk’s young people.


John Ward

John is a County Councillor representing Sprowston Ward in Norwich. John is the current Chair of the Norfolk Museums Development Foundation and is also the Chair of the Norfolk Museums Joint Committee. Before retirement John spent his career in retail management and is very active in the local community doing voluntary work for Oxfam, Christian Aid and the British Legion.




Caroline Williams

Caroline has been the Chief Executive of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce since 2000. The Chamber represents businesses of all sizes and sectors across Norfolk. It provides support and advice to its members and creates opportunities for additional business including international trade.

Prior to joining the Chamber Caroline had a career as an international buyer and then as the merchandise manager for a furniture manufacturer.



Helen Wilson

Helen is the Cultural Lead for the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and chairs the New Anglia Cultural Board which seeks to promote and grow cultural tourism in Norfolk and Suffolk. Helen has a background in current affairs broadcasting with the BBC having been a producer and editor on the Today Programme, World at One and PM, culminating in the role of Controller for Radio 4. Helen is a board member of Norwich HEART and is a Fellow of Royal Society for the Arts.


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